On 1 March 2017, the new arbitration rules of the Vietnam International Arbitration Centre (VIAC) came into force, replacing the 2012 rules. The 2017 VIAC Rules include the following changes: Multiple Contracts (Article 6) – under the 2017 VIAC Rules parties will now have the opportunity to bring claims relating to more than one contract in a single Request for Arbitration, irrespective of whether the claims are made under one or more arbitration agreement. Consolidation (Article 15) – parties may now agree to consolidate two or more pending VIAC arbitrations
In November, the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) published the CIETAC Arbitration Rules 2015 (“the 2015 Rules”), which will enter into force on 1 January 2015. The changes are designed to improve the efficiency of CIETAC arbitral proceedings and bring the CIETAC Arbitration Rules closer in line with international best practice. The 2015 Rules also introduce special provisions applicable to the CIETAC Hong Kong Arbitration Centre (“CIETAC Hong Kong”). Key updates include: Emergency arbitrator procedure The 2015 Rules introduce an emergency arbitration procedure, similar to other
The London Court of International Arbitration has completed the process of revising its arbitration rules (which we previously discussed in March 2014) and has published the final revised rules on its website. The new rules will take effect from 1 October 2014. The LCIA has stated that the Rules will “ensure an effective, efficient and fair process” and that they “modernise and improve upon the existing version, reinforcing the LCIA as one of the world’s leading providers of efficient international arbitration services”. In general, the amendments have sought to bring
On 5 May 2014, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (“WIPO”) Arbitration and Mediation Center released its new Mediation, (Expedited) Arbitration and Expert Determination Rules. The new rules come into effect on 1 June 2014 and (with the exception of the provisions on emergency relief) will apply to all WIPO mediations, arbitrations and expert determinations commenced on or after that date. The revisions to the WIPO Rules reflect many of the trends seen in other recent revisions to institutional arbitration rules. These include joinder, consolidation, emergency relief and effective case management.